NEWLY-selected WA Youth Ambassador for 2018 David Castelanelli of Dianella is aiming to help students get into elite university and leadership programs through a new self-development course in 2018.
In his role as WA Youth Ambassador, he will be advising Youth Minister Peter Tinley on youth issues that people aged 12 to 25 face and will sit on the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council.
The 19-year-old launched his youth organisation Alpha Motivation last year, which delivered one-off workshops and motivational speeches at WA schools.
Mr Castelanelli said he was looking forward to get involved in activities with people from more diverse groups, including the LGBTIQ and multicultural groups.
“I am very honoured and very excited to see some of the changes that I could make over the next year,” he said.
“I am also going to be volunteering some time to do some work with young people who are homeless and also work around mental health and social media.”
Mr Castelanelli said Alpha Motivation’s new eight-week course would be rolled out at Mt Lawley Senior High School in term one.
“It is not academic as well; it is really to help them with volunteering, leadership, arts and sports,” he said.
“It is super important to have positive role models who are young to inspire (students)… we often don’t always get exposed to that.
“Teachers really like it how we can engage and interact with them.”
The Curtin University public relations and marketing student said he was in talks with Chisholm Catholic College about other courses after conducting workshops there this year.